'Dedma': Ombudsman indifferent to Arroyo's House takeover

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Posted at Jul 24 2018 12:58 PM

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Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Tuesday said she is indifferent to the rise of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Arroyo, who was detained for 5 years, walked free in 2016 after the Supreme Court dismissed the plunder case against her in connection with the charity office's alleged misuse of P366-million intelligence funds.

On Monday, over 200 congressmen voted for Arroyo as their new House Speaker, replacing Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

Asked if she had any frustration over the House leadership shift, Morales said: "Dedma ako... Wala, nothing, dedma."

She added that the leadership shift was the decision of the House majority.

The Ombudsman, however, said the Sandiganbayan was "right" when it junked Arroyo's demurrer to evidence, a plea raised when a defendant believes the evidence against him or her is weak.

The Supreme Court had overturned the Sandiganbayan's denial of the demurrer when it acquitted Arroyo.

Morales will step down as Ombudsman on Wednesday.

ANC, 24 July 2018